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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Park
“The gem of Chico, Bidwell Park. Walk, drive, or bike to explore the gorgeous unique. The third largest municipal park in California. Head to One Mile for a swim and a picnic or Upper Bidwell to Monkey Face for a quick hike and a dip in the natural rock swimming holes of Bear Hole. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Food
“Always has a great selection of beers that are not sold in stores. Also, you have to try the soft pretzel with beer cheese as an appetizer. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Upper Park has everything from a casual walk to some great mountain biking.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Amazing Mac 'n Cheese... great little bar/restaurant, walking distance in good weather.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Gym
“One of the best swimming holes in California. It can be exceptionally crowded on summer weekends. Its best to plan to hike in 30 minutes or more from the bridge.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Bidwell Mansion, located at 525 Esplanade in Chico, California, was the home of General John Bidwell and Annie Bidwell from late 1868 until 1900, when Gen. Bidwell died. Annie continued to live there until her death in 1918. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
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“We love Upper Crust's many salads or sandwiches for lunch and quiche and baked goods for breakfast. Need a cake last minute? Drive downtown and pick one up - you can't go wrong with any cake in their case! ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Many hikes and swimming holes all along the river, but our favorite is the Hwy 49 Crossing. See below.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“This particular Safeway has a fantastic selection of Organic Produce and pretty much everything Organic that most Whole Foods Markets offer and this Safeway is also open 24 hours a day! (A bonus for me as I am often doing errands in town late and miss the other Markets that close earlier). This is the best all around grocer and nicest broad variety market in Chico but I still purchase most of my natural bath and cleaning products at one of the three other natural foods stores here.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
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“You can't go wrong downtown with Tres Hombres' shrimp tacos or anything else on the menu. If there's a wait, ask to sit at the taco bar. The children's park is across the street if you need to entertain little one's while waiting.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great pub food and drinks! You have to try their Trashy Street Tacos and their Duckfat fries. So good! ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Great little breakfast. Chilaquiles are to die for. And if you like Cafe Mochas this is where to get one!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Great cocktails, wine, California influenced Italian food. Great upstairs patio.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Perfect place to eat for the 'special occasion' that you might be celebrating. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“Best small theater in the West! Check out the Pageant's latest foreign film, documentary or special event short films! Better yet, get there early and sit on the couch in the front row. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Casino
“Excellent restaurant (temporarily closed), and a Casino of course with big concerts. ”
  • 7 locals recommend